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CANTLON: (SAT) PACK DROP BALL BEFORE MIDNIGHT

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BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT – A slow start by the Hartford Wolf Pack and timely goaltending by the Albany Devils’ Ken Appleby and a late goal gave Albany a 3-1 win at the XL Center Saturday night. The loss ended the 2016 year on a sour note for the Wolf Pack who have now lost three in a row as the team approaches the midway point of the AHL season.

Albany raises its record to 18-13-0-1 (37 points) and they find themselves tied with the St. John’s IceCaps and the Syracuse Crunch for second place. Meanwhile, the Pack drop to 11-17-3-1 (26 points) putting them dead last in the Atlantic Division. They’re also dead last in the Eastern Conference and tied for the worst record in the league with the Charlotte Checkers, who play in Winnipeg tomorrow afternoon.

The Pack made several solid efforts to win in the third period, but it was Albany who got the game winner. Continue reading

CRAWFORD: PACK STRUGGLES CONTINUE IN 3-2 LOSS TO PENS

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Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins 3, Hartford Wolf Pack 2

BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

Wilkes-Barre, PA, January 3, 2017 – The Hartford Wolf Pack got third-period goals from Steven Fogarty and Tanner Glass Tuesday night at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza, but could not come all the way back from a 3-0 deficit, losing 3-2 to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.

Chad Ruhwedel had the game-winning goal and an assist for the Penguins, who also got goals from Teddy Blueger and Josh Archibald.  Tristan Jarry got the win in net with 25 saves.  Fogarty also had an assist for the Wolf Pack, and Brandon Halverson stopped 32 shots in the Hartford net.

After being outshot by a combined margin of 28-10 in the first two periods, the Wolf Pack had a 17-7 shots advantage in the third. Continue reading

CRAWFORD: WOLF PACK WEEKLY: January 3-8, 2017

WOLF PACK WEEKLY: Jan. 3-8, ’17

BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

The Wolf Pack (11-17-3-1, 26 pts., .406) finished out the calendar year of 2016 with a pair of close losses, falling 3-2 in Springfield on Friday night, despite a 32-17 shots advantage, and dropping a 3-1 decision to Albany at home on New Year’s Eve.  Steven Fogarty, in his first game back from a nine-game injury absence, scored his second goal of the season Friday, and Chris Brown, back in the lineup after missing seven contests with an injury, had an assist.

AMERICAN HOCKEY LEAGUE STANDINGS

This week:

The Wolf Pack begin 2017 with a visit to Wilkes-Barre, PA to battle the league-leading Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins Tuesday night.  That game faces off at 7:05 PM, and after that, the Wolf Pack have a three-game weekend on tap.  Hartford hosts the Lehigh Valley Phantoms on Friday night at 7:15, and then the Bridgeport Sound Tigers come to the XL Center on Saturday night for a 7:30 game.  The weekend concludes with the Wolf Pack in Providence at 3:05 on Sunday.

Tuesday, January 3 at the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (Pittsburgh) at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza, 7:05 PM

  • The Penguins are coming off of their first back-to-back regulation losses of the season, a 5-2 home defeat to Providence Friday night and a 3-2 setback in Binghamton Saturday, but still sport the best record in the AHL, at 21-7-3-0 for 45 points and a .726 points percentage.
  • Wilkes-Barre/Scranton scoring leader Jake Guentzel (18-16-34 in 26 GP) earned CCM/AHL Rookie of the Month honors for December, with 11-6-17 in ten games during the month.  Guentzel leads the AHL in goals and is tied for second in points and plus/minus (+17).
  • The Penguins have won all three of this year’s head-to-head matchups with the Wolf Pack, including a 6-2 victory October 15 in the only previous meeting in Wilkes-Barre.  That was the Penguins’ season opener and the second game of the year for the Wolf Pack.
  • Broadcast – live with Bob Crawford on News Radio 1410 WPOP, on-line at iheart.com and on iHeartRadio.  Video streaming at ahllive.com. 

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CANTLON: (FRI) PACK LET ONE SLIP AWAY TO THUNDERBIRDS

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BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

SPRINGFIELD, MA – Another hard working effort from the Hartford Wolf Pack roster but once again the results don’t reflect it.

Friday night, the Wolf Pack dropped a 3-2 decision on the road to the Springfield Thunderbirds in their first visit of the season to the Mass Mutual Center before a crowd of 5,732.

“I was happy with the effort,” Head Coach Ken Gernander stated afterward. “We battled and competed in all three zones, but with our margin of error right now, we gotta squeeze some of those mistakes out.”

The game-winning tally came on one of those hiccups and the Thunderbirds capitalized on it.

At 4:37 of the third period, Jared McCann was alone on the right wing. The Thunderbirds came into the Pack zone on an odd man break-in and Anthony Greco, who was on the puck all night, put a perfect backhand pass from the left wing over to McCann’s stick. McCann put a small deke on Pack starting goalie, Brandon Halverson and slipped a backhander inside the left post for his fourth of the season and his first point since December 16th. Continue reading

CANTLON: (WED) PENGUINS ROUT PACK 6-2

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The AHL Best Penguins Rout Pack 6-2

BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT – A super moon with an orange glow hung over Hartford—it was a bad omen.

A three-goal second period allowed the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins to pull away from the Hartford Wolf Pack, 6-2 before a franchise-worst regular season crowd of just 1,352 at the XL Center on Wednesday night. The loss was the Pack’s fifth straight loss, the second longest streak of the season.

The Penguins have the AHL’s best record at 17-5-3-0 (37 points). The Wolf Pack hold the AHL’s second worst record at 7-14-3-1 (18 points). As of Thursday, the Pack, factoring in the crossover rule, are 13 points out of the last playoff spot.

The Pack will play their last home game before Christmas against the Syracuse Crunch on Friday. Continue reading

RANGERS ASSIGN NICKLAS JENSEN TO HARTFORD

RANGERS ASSIGN NICKLAS JENSEN TO HARTFORD

NEW YORK, December 14, 2016 – New York Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton announced today that the team has assigned Nicklas Jensen to the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (AHL).

Jensen skated in four games with the Rangers after being recalled on December 7, registering two shots on goal. He made his debut with the Rangers on December 8 at Winnipeg. Jensen has tallied 15 points (eight goals, seven assists) in 21 games with the Wolf Pack this season.

CRAWFORD: WOLF PACK WEEKLY: December 12-18, 2016

WOLF PACK WEEKLY: December 12-18, 2016

BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

The Wolf Pack (7-13-3-1, 18 pts., .375) were 0-2-0-1 in three games this past week.  In an Atlantic Division tilt Wednesday at the XL Center, rookies John Gilmour and Michael Joly scored goals, Joly’s his first career AHL tally, but the Wolf Pack ended up on the short end of a 4-2 score vs. the Springfield Thunderbirds.  The Toronto Marlies came to town on Saturday night, for the third meeting in eight days between themselves and the Wolf Pack, and a four-goal second period carried Toronto to victory, 5-3.  Joly scored for a second straight game in that contest.  On Sunday in Providence, a Wolf Pack streak of ten consecutive wins in shootouts came to an end, as the Bruins came away with a 2-1 shootout triumph.  Magnus Hellberg made a team season-high 40 saves in that game.

AMERICAN HOCKEY LEAGUE STANDINGS

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CRAWFORD: (SAt) WOLF PACK RECALL AHTI OKSANEN FROM GREENVILLE

WOLF PACK RECALL AHTI OKSANEN FROM GREENVILLE

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Rookie Forward has six Goals, 11 Points in 19 ECHL Games

BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

HARTFORD, December 11, 2016:  Hartford Wolf Pack general manager Jim Schoenfeld today announced that the Wolf Pack has recalled forward Ahti Oksanen from its ECHL affiliate, the Greenville Swamp Rabbits.

Oksanen, a 6-3, 215-pound rookie out of Boston University, has skated in 19 games with the Swamp Rabbits, scoring six goals and adding five assists for 11 points.  The Kirkkonummi, Finland native leads Swamp Rabbit rookies in points and goals and is tied for third overall on the team in goals and ranked fifth in points.

Oksanen, 23, who signed an AHL contract with the Wolf Pack June 14, had totals of 51 goals and 64 assists for 115 points, along with 66 penalty minutes, in 150 career games with Boston University.

AHTI OKSANEN’S AMATEUR AND PROFESSIONAL RECORD

Regular Season               Playoffs

Year     Team           Lge.     GP    G     A   PTS  PIM    GP      G     A     Pts.   PIM

2012-13  Boston Univ.   H-East   36    4     13  17   12     —     —   —    —    —

2013-14  Boston Univ.   H-East   35    7     17  24   22     —     —   —    —    —

2014-15  Boston Univ.   H-East   40    25    13  38   18     —     —   —    —    —

2015-16  Boston Univ.   H-East   39    15    21  36   14     —     —   —    —    —

2016-17  Greenville     ECHL     19    6     5   11   2

The Wolf Pack visit the Providence Bruins for a 3:05 PM game today, and all of the action of that battle can be heard live on News Radio 1410 WPOP, and on-line at wnewsradio1410.com and iHeartRadio.  Video streaming is available at wahllive.com.

The next home game for the Wolf Pack is this Wednesday, December 14, a 7:00 contest vs. the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.  That is another “Click It or Ticket Family Value Pack” game.  The Family Value Pack includes two tickets, two sodas and two hot dogs, all for just $40.

Tickets for all Wolf Pack 2016-17 home games are on sale now at the Agera Energy Ticket Office at the XL Center, on-line at whartfordwolfpack.com and by phone at (877) 522-8499.

Season ticket information for the Wolf Pack’s 2016-17 AHL season can be found on-line at whartfordwolfpack.com.  To speak with a representative about all of the Wolf Pack’s many attractive ticketing options, call (855) 762-6451.

CANTLON: (THUR) BRIDGEPORT STUFFS PACK 4-2

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BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT November is almost over and the Hartford Wolf Pack season is in jeopardy.

Harsh as that may sound, the disappointing 4-2 home loss Wednesday night to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, both an in-state and an intra-division rival, leaves the Wolf Pack in a precarious position.

The Pack record stands at 5-10-2-0 (12 points). With the Utica Comets winning Wednesday night 2-1 over the Syracuse Crunch, the Wolf Pack are now dead last in their division. Hartford is 4-6-1-0 at home and with the Cleveland Monsters defeating the Rockford IceHogs 5-4, the Pack now have the worst record in the AHL. Continue reading

CANTLON: PACK END LOSING STREAK

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BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT – Steven Fogarty scored the lone shootout goal and ended the Hartford Wolf Pack’s eight-game winless streak with a 3-2, come from behind, victory in the first regular-season meeting with their new/old I-91 Division rivals, the Springfield Thunderbirds.

“We mentioned prior to the game that we can’t get those points back. This is where we draw our line and from here on in, we play positive and stay positive,” Pack head coach Ken Gernander said after his team’s first home win since opening night against the St. John’s IceCaps.

On the game-winning shootout attempt, Fogarty weaved his way down the right wing side and whistled a puck high to the short-side on last week’s AHL Player of Week, Reto Berra. The tally, in their first shootout of the season, ended the Pack’s winless streak.

“I’ve been working on it all week in practice, so it was nice that it went in,” Fogarty, in his first full year as a pro after leaving Notre Dame, said. Continue reading